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So, you want your house to smell like the inside of your favorite bakery? Or, maybe you’re reminiscing over the scent you remember from your mom’s kitchen as a child. Maybe, just maybe, you want so many scents going on at once that when you close your eyes on the living room couch, you pretend you’re sitting right inside your local mall’s food court. Well, it seems to us like you need a food-scented candle.
Food-scented candles will always have a special place in our hearts. Sure, we love a good soy candle jam-packed with essential oils like lavender and eucalyptus, but there’s something about candles reminiscent of baked goods, sweets, carnival foods and even family dinners that have a way of bringing us back in time to happier, sentimental places in our lives. They even have a way of providing a sense of comfort and familiarity to new spaces.
Not only do food-scented candles make us feel happy, but man, they smell outright delicious enough to eat. Obviously, you cannot do that, but maybe it will inspire you to get some cooking or baking done around the house. There are even a number of food-scented candles that have a… peculiar smell to them. The kind of smell that makes you think, “why would someone put that in a candle?”, but at the same time, “why do I really want to try a pickle-scented candle?”
It’s 2021, so at this point, you should assume that if you have a favorite food, there’s probably a candle for it. From delicious sweet treats to food-scented candles that will make you say “huh?”, here are the top food-scented candles to consider now.
1. Our Own Candle Company Smell My Nuts Candle
Okay, the name is weird, we know, but hear us out. In the Smell My Nuts candle, Our Own Candle Company combines the scent of banana nut bread, toasted coconut and hazelnut to create one of the most decadent candles your nose will ever whiff. It uses a blend of soy and paraffin wax and will leave your house smelling like the best bakery you’ve ever been inside, guaranteed.
2. AJ’s Country Cottage Baking Bread Candle
While we’re on the topic of baked goods, there’s probably no better scent on Earth than freshly baked bread. With almost 11,000 sales and counting, the star-selling Baking Bread candle from AJ’s Country Cottage on Etsy is absolutely one to rave about. This will bring the scent of your grandma’s fresh-baked bread throughout your entire home for one of the most realistic scents you can imagine.
3. DW Home Mac & Cheese Candle
Alright, it’s time to get a little bit weird. Sure, we love a bakery-esque candle, but sometimes scent calls for a little more than ponies and rainbows. This mac & cheese-scented candle will most definitely throw your nose for a loop in the best way possible. Here, you’ll experience notes of vanilla! Just kidding. On the nose, you’ll only find cheddar, gruyère and parmesan cheese sauce. And, yeah, we’re dead serious. This will sit perfectly in any foodies home to burn whenever they’re craving some Kraft but have none in the pantry.
4. S&M Candle Factory Bacon Candle
You thought we were done with the weird stuff? Guess again, Porkchop. We haven’t even gotten ourselves started. Where there’s mac and cheese, there should always be an option to cover it with bacon — that’s why this bacon candle is a must-have for any mac & cheese candle buyer. This bad boy dresses the entire home in a layer of hickory-smoked bacon. And, as it should — we can never get enough bacon.
5. Village Candle Coffee Bean Candle
Here’s how to confuse your family or roommates. You ready? You wake up before everyone. The morning shift, the person who makes the coffee in the morning. But, funny joke, instead, you burn this delicious-smelling coffee bean candle instead. Everyone in the house wakes up to the scent of fresh-brewed coffee when really, there’s no coffee. It’s just this scrumptious candle. They have to make it themselves today. Ha!
6. Candlelit Desserts Cereal Bowl Candle
Love cereal? Well, now you can have the scent of it wafting through your entire home whenever the time calls. So, like, every morning in front of your bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios. This candle is in the shape of an actual bowl of cereal that includes three wicks and a giant spoon for added fun.
7. Homesick Candles Bud Light Tailgate Candle
In a collaboration with Bud Light, Homesick Candles has created a candle that hits the nail on the head of tailgate season. If brews, buddies, snacks and screaming were packed into one candle, this would be it. Although that sounds like a nightmare of a scent, we promise that it’s quite enjoyable.
8. Bath & Body Works Winter Candy Apple
If you’ve never had the experience of trying a candle from Bath & Body Works, you’re absolutely missing out. If you place any one of their three-wicked candles in a room, you’ll be able to smell it from the other side of the house in a matter of minutes. Seriously, these babies are powerful. Celebrate your love for candy apples well past fall with this decadent Winter Candy Apple scent we’re sure will give you a sweet tooth.
9. The Stinky Candle Company Dill Pickles Candle
Yes, we went there. We’re reaching prime Snooki Jersey Shore 2009 vibes right now with a love of pickles that runs so deep, we need a candle with the scent. Whether you’re a diehard pickle person or have a pal who hates them so much that this would make the perfect gag gift, it’s a stellar option to pick for many occasions.
10. Village Candle Lemon Pound Cake Candle
Take that zing you love so dearly in your grandma’s lemon pound cake for a scent that feels both refreshing and warm all over the home. Here, you’ll experience notes of vanilla cupcake, hazelnut and quite obviously, lemon to keep your space smelling like your favorite baked good.
11. Deconstructed Candles Tito’s Moscow Mule Candle
Ah, the smell of vodka. How… pleasant. Now, you can get your favorite vodka drink, the Moscow Mule, transformed into a delicious-smelling candle poured right into an old Tito’s bottle. Unlike vodka, this candle actually smells good with luxurious notes of fresh-squeezed lime, spicy white ginger and coriander spice.
12. Grandma’s Kitchen Scents Cinnamon Roll Scented Candle
We’ve mentioned motherly figures a ton so far and that’s for good reason — there is no better baked good than a baked good made from someone you love. Sorry not sorry. These cinnamon rolls have nailed your grandma’s from-scratch recipe for the most mouthwatering cinnamon scent you’ll ever have in your home. For real, it’s giving Pillsbury a run for its money.
13. The Stinky Candle Company Sausage Candle
The weirdest candle on our list? This sausage candle from The Stinky Candle Company. Given that two oddball candles from this spot have made our list, take note that The Stinky Candle Company is essentially incomparable in terms of weirdness. There are a ton of crazy offerings, but the sausage candle has taken the cake with a sizzling griddle scent you can’t recreate without the real thing.